THE BEND TO HOST OCTOBER DOUBLE-HEADER

TCR action will return to The Bend for the first time since 2019. Pic: Supplied

THE Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia is set for a massive month of motorsport in October with back-to-back rounds of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships.

The Australian Racing Group has confirmed that its TCR Australia Series, Touring Car Masters and Trans Am Series will compete at The Bend’s originally scheduled Shannons event on October 15-17.

It replaces the Morgan Park, Queensland, fixture on their respective fixtures; an event that was rescheduled for August but recently cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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The Bend event will be headlined by GT World Challenge Australia’s three-hour, two-driver endurance race, and include Porsche Sprint Challenge, Radical Australia Cup and the Australian Prototype Series.

It will also feature off-road action via the SXS Motorsport Australia Championship, and the governing body’s FIA Girls On Track and Ricciardo’s Racers junior development programs.

An additional, second Shannons event at The Bend on the following weekend of October 22-24 is now set to host the Aussie Racing Cars Series, Australian Production Car Series, National Sports Sedans Series, a second Radical Australia Cup round, Porsche 944 and Bullrush Rally.

Australian GT returns to The Bend in October. Pic: Supplied

The second weekend will also coincide with the AGI Sport Adelaide Hills Rally, a round of the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship.

Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations, Michael Smith, said SA will get to experience an exciting fortnight of motorsport across a range of disciplines.

“This back-to-back weekend of motorsport is a real treat for fans and competitors alike,” Smith said.

“Given the interruptions to our calendar in 2021, this double header provides a fantastic opportunity for so many teams and categories to enjoy two huge weekends of racing.

“The Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships events being joined by other disciplines in the region is also an exciting prospect and allows everyone to experience plenty of different action on asphalt and dirt and we can’t wait to get to The Bend for a fortnight in October.

“Thanks must go to The Bend, our categories and competitors and our sponsors for being so nimble and adaptive in what has been a tough year for us all.

“We’re thrilled to be able to host this double header with plenty of different categories and disciplines, along with our unique development programs, at a world-class venue.”

The next round of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships is currently scheduled for Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway on September 17-19.